Atlanta vs Toronto NBA Report

Atlanta vs Toronto NBA Lines Report

Written by on March 9, 2016

On Thursday, the Atlanta Hawks head north of the border to take on the Toronto Raptors in NBA online betting action. The Hawks (36-28) are in second place in the Southeast Division and just knocked off the Utah Jazz on Tuesday night, 91-84. The Raptors (42-20) are in first place in the Atlantic Division and just beat the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday night, 104-99, to start a new home winning streak.

Atlanta Hawks vs Toronto Raptors NBA Lines Report

When: Thursday, March 10, 2016, 7:30 PM ETWhere: Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ONTV: FSSERadio: 610 CKTB / Raptors Radio NetworkLive Stream: NBA-Stream.comNBA Odds: TBA 

Why should you bet on the Raptors?

After losing at home to Houston over the weekend, the Raptors entered their game against the Nets in a sort of haze, and so the first half ended with Brooklyn up by 16. After the intermission, though, the Raptors looked like a different team, winning the second half 62-41 to take the game, with DeMar DeRozan scoring 25 and Kyle Lowry pouring in 23 (with nine helpers). Sometimes all it takes is a bad game or two to wake up a contender, and the Raptors definitely look ready for all comers once again.

Why should you put your money on Atlanta?

Beating the Clippers and then the Jazz on the road makes an impressive collection of wins. The Clippers have been beating everyone since Christmas, and the Jazz have become a pesky team in the West, particularly at home. The Hawks play with a defensive style that pressures the ball, and in the third quarter against Utah, that became a real problem, as what had been a close game turned into an easier night for the Hawks, as the Jazz were only able to muster 15 points, a season low for them in that quarter. The Hawks entered the fourth quarter up by nine points, and they were able to hold on for the win.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

Atlanta will be a much tougher test for Toronto than Brooklyn was, but the momentum that Toronto showed in the second half against the Nets showed me that they have shaken off the loss to Houston. I’m picking the Raptors to win, 108-100.